This is the complete maintenance schedule for the BMW R nineT, made between 2017-2020. It’s also known as the R nineT Classic, to distinguish it from the Pure, Racer, Urban G/S, and Scrambler variants.
You may be searching for one of the following maintenance schedules from the BMW R nineT family:
|R nineT (Classic)||2014-2016 BMW R nineT maintenance schedule||2017-2020 BMW R nineT maintenance schedule||2021+ BMW R nineT maintenance schedule|
|R nineT Pure||n/a||2017-2020 BMW R nineT Pure maintenance schedule||2021+ BMW R nineT Pure maintenance schedule|
|R nineT Urban G/S & Scrambler||n/a||2017-2020 BMW R nineT Urban G/S and Scrambler maintenance schedule||2021 BMW R nineT Urban G/S & Scrambler maintenance schedule|
|R nineT Racer||n/a||WIP||n/a|
While the R nineT has expanded and evolved over time, the engine and drivetrain have remained fundamentally the same.
The 2017 BMW R nineT evolved from the 2014-2016 BMW R nineT, adding full adjustability to the upside-down forks.
There are a number of variants of the R NineT line. They have some overlapping elements in maintenance, but a few things mean that we can’t put all their maintenance schedules together. Each model variant has different wheels (tubed or tubeless), suspension, and other components, that mean that while a lot is interchangeable, not everything necessarily is.
What the whole R nineT line has in common is the engine base — an air-cooled 1,170cc flat twin “boxer” engine with four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts, pushing about 81 kW (110 hp) of power and 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheel through a dry clutch and a shaft drive.
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What you need to service the BMW R nineT 2017-2020 — Consumables and Special Tools
For the BMW R nineT, the manual recommends the following specific consumables.
|Engine oil||Per manual for all R nineT bikes, maximum 3.8 L (1 US gal) L of SAE 15W-50, API SJ/JASO MA2. Additives (for instance, molybdenum-based substances) are prohibited, because they would attack the coatings on engine components, BMW Motorrad recommends BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil. Mobil 1 15W-50 is a good alternative.|
|Oil filter||All BMW R bikes use a BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 673 541. The best replacement is a Hiflofiltro HF164.|
|Engine coolant||BMW recommends… none! This is an air-cooled bike! (just a little joke to assure you I’m not a robot writing this)|
|Spark plugs||NGK MAR8B-JDS This is what the manual suggests. Make sure it’s gapped correctly to 0.8mm (get a gapping tool).|
|Air filter||You can get the stock air filter, but riders love the BM-1204 air filter from K&N, which is reusable. OEM air-filter part number is 13717706414.|
|Brake pads||Use the standard brake pads by Brembo, which you can order from your dealer. Or use EBC double hardened brake pads to get the best out of your advanced braking system. For the 2017-2020 R nineT Classic use two FA630HH for the front, and one FA363HH for the rear.|
* Note — Pads are different across the R nineT line (R nineT Classic vs Pure, Racer, Scrambler, and Urban GS) — get the right ones.
|Drive oil||Called the “Rear axle differential oil” in the manual. BMW recommends “SAE 70W-80 / hypoid axle G3”, but many hypoid gear oils work, e.g. Mobil 1 75W-90. or Castrol 75W-90 gear oil.|
|Alternator belt||Super annoying when this breaks, but very easy to fix! The part number is 11 31 8 528 385. It’s easiest to pick this up from a dealer.|
BMW R nineT Classic 2017-2020 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW R nineT Classic as per the manual, but made more clear so that you can understand what needs to happen more easily.
The R nineT range, being air-cooled, have surprisingly short maintenance intervals — quite similar to other air-cooled performance bikes like the Ducati Scramblers. You have to service the valves every 6,000 miles or 10,000 kilometres. The good news is that you can get to the valve heads very easily, as the cylinders are sticking out into the wind — quite different to the Ducatis of old.
Simplified, the maintenance for the BMW R nineT involves:
- A standard service every 12 months (irrespective of distance)
- Oil change every 10,000 kms or 12 months, whichever is earlier,
- Checking the valve clearances and engine synchro every 10,000 km/6,000 miles (with no time restriction)
- A series of other periodic checks
|BMW Service standard scope (a) (see below)||Year|
|Engine oil change, with filter (BMW Motorrad ADVANTEC Ultimate oil, BMW/Mahle oil filter, part number 11 42 7 721 779)||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||Year (a)|
|Oil change in the rear bevel gears (Castrol 75W-90)||X||X||X||X||X||2 years (b)|
|Check valve clearances||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Change transmission oil (Mobil 1 75W-90)||X||X||Year (c)|
|Replace spark plugs (NGK MAR8B-JDS)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Replace air cleaner insert (BM-1204)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Replace alternator belt (11 31 8 528 385)||X(d)||X(d)|
|Change telescopic fork oil||X||X||X|
|Adjust engine synchronization||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Change brake fluid in entire system (b) (Castrol Dot 4)||Year/ 2 years (e)|
- (a) Annually or every 10,000 km/ 6,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- (b) Anually or every 20,000 km/ 12,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- (c) for the first time after one year, then every two years or 40,000 km/24,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- (d) every six years or every 40,000 km/24,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- (e) for the first time after one year, then every two years
BMW Motorrad Service, standard scope
The activities in the BMW Motorrad Service standard scope (that are to be done periodically according to the service schedule above) are listed below. The actual scope of maintenance work for your vehicle may differ.
Note: Some of the below tests, including those that need the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system or re-setting the service due date, require BMW-specific equipment.
|Perform vehicle test with BMW Motorrad diagnosis system|
|Visually inspect the clutch system (adjust free play and lubricate as necessary)|
|Check steering-head bearing|
|Visually inspect the brake pipes, brake hoses and connections|
|Check front brake pads and brake discs for wear (replace with a double set of FA630HH if necessary)|
|Check brake-fluid level, front brakes|
|Check rear brake pads and brake disc for wear (replace pads with FA363HH if necessary)|
|Check brake-fluid level, rear brakes|
|Check for play in the throttle cable|
|Check tyre pressures and tread depth|
|Check ease of movement of side stand|
|Check tension of the spokes and tighten as needed|
|Check the lighting and signal equipment|
|Function test, engine start suppression|
|Final inspection and check for road safety|
|Set the service-due date and service countdown distance (using hte BMW Motorrad diagnostic system)|
|Check battery charging state|
|Confirm BMW service in the vehicle literature|
BMW R nineT 2017-2020 Tire size and pressures
The following are tire sizes and tire pressures for the BMW R nineT Classic 2017-2020.
BMW recommends these tire pressures for most of their standard bikes and sport bikes. Note that the R nineT classic has spoked wheels and tubed tyres. Other variants may have different tyres.
|Front||120/70 ZR 17||2.5 bar (36 psi)|
|Rear||180/55 ZR 17||2.7 bar (39 psi) one-up|
2.9 bar (42 psi) two up with cargo
About the BMW R nineT
The BMW R nineT is an already legendary motorcycle from BMW, representing “simplicity”, but doing so in a typically classy BMW fashion. The name R nineT is meant to pay homage to BMW’s 90 years in the business, not to any one specific model.
The BMW R nineT is powered by the final air-cooled version of the opposite-twin Boxer engine, which in dual overhead cam form produces a claimed 85 kW (110 hp) peak, and 88 ft-lb of torque.
In contrast with earlier BMW roadsters like the R 1200 R, BMW ditched the telelever front suspension for a traditional fork for the R nineT.
The major update for the 2017-2020 BMW R nineT is the suspension. Many buyers of the original R nineT complained that the suspension on a premium bike with sporty pretensions should be adjustable; BMW remedied this by adding full adjustability to the suspension of the 2017-2020 BMW R nineT.
There is, of course, a wide range of accessories and options for the R nineT. These have really filled out over the years. You can pour a lot of money into a BMW motorcycle!
In 2017, alongside with the new R nineT, BMW launched a whole range of other motorcycles, including the R nineT Pure — which was the back-to-basics version keeping in line with the spirit of the original R nineT.
In 2021, BMW updated the R nineT with throttle by wire. The maintenance for the 2021+ BMW R nineT is thus slightly different.
Manual for the BMW R nineT 2017-2020
Below is a screenshot of the maintenance schedule from which the above was derived (there’s more information in the manual about what the numbers mean.
The above information was gleaned from the owner’s manual for the BMW R nineT from the 2019 model year, but it’s the same as for other years in the series. You can download it from BMW’s website directly here.